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Old 03-17-2005, 09:01 AM   #1
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Default Labor strife on the horizon ?

National Football League owners will open their annual meeting at the lush Ritz Carlton resort Sunday in Maui with an unsightly cloud hanging on the horizon -- their labor agreement.

For years, other leagues have pointed to the NFL as the model for pro sports labor agreements with its salary cap, revenue sharing, drug and steroids policy, free agency and long-running stability that has caused no work stoppages since 1987.

That could change because the players are starting to flex their muscles.

"It's becoming critical," said Dan Rooney, the Steelers' chairman who long has been involved in NFL labor talks. "I thought we would have something more done."

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